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making news this morning -- basement horror. >> new video showing the squalid center where disabled adults were held captive, prisoners, for up to a decade. police are worried there may be more victims across the country. also breaking news this morning. elation overnight as israel releases hundreds of political prisoners in exchange for just one of its own. and the megadust storm that consumes an entire town and even blocks out the sun. and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm yunji de nies.
we begin with the horrifying discovery in a dank, philadelphia basement. adults with the mental capacity of 10-year-olds, held captive in deplorable conditions. >> police say they're victims of heartless schemes, aimed at social security checks. and more they have fallen prey. here's abc's john hendren. >> reporter: this is the dungeon of the horror house. >> it looks like a dungeon. these people were stored like surplus meat in a basement. >> reporter: it is here, police say, that four handicapped adults were held in pitch blackness, one for more than a decade. >> we're human beings. >> reporter: the landlord made the discovery, pushing open a door to find starving children. they were held by their three alleged captors who stole their social security and disability checks. >> this is a terrible case.
but it's one that might get even worse, quite frankly, before it's over. >> reporter: that, because police found the social security numbers of 50 people. the trail tracking the alleged kidnappers from texas, florida to virginia and finally here to philadelphia. >> a case is going to take a long time before we fully understand the depth of it. these are just four people that we know of. >> reporter: the grandmother of herbert knowles learned with shock. >> he was a trusting person. and just took complete advantage of him. >> reporter: the four captives are recovering, including knowles, who managed to smile after his ordeal. the alleged kidnappers are facing kidnapping and other charges. also, new details this morning in that tragic crash that killed indy car driver dan wheldon. a coroner has says that blunt
force trauma killed wheldon. we'll have reaction to the crash later in this half hour. breaking news overseas where an elaborate prisoner swap is under way in the middle east. one israeli soldier is being traded for hundreds of palestinian prisoners. alex marquardt has the latest from the west bank. >> reporter: i'm waiting for some of the palestinian prisoners to be released here. you can hear the laud festivities going on behind me. lots of singing and chanting. palestinian flags waving, as well as a big, green hamas flag. he has been held in the gaza strip by hamas. he's been handed over to egyptians. the wheels have begun turning for the release of almost 500 palestinian prisoners being exchanged today. now, if all goes according to plan, he'll be turned over to the israeli military. he'll be thrown to central israel, where he will meet the
prime minister, benjamin netanya netanyahu. at the same time, those 477 palestinian prisoners will be released mostly in the gaza strip and the west bank, with some being sent abroad. now, he was captured in 2006. this is a long-awaited return. not just for his family but were all of israel, who has followed the twists and turns of the story closely, considering him something of a national son. but the deal is controversial. being released today, at least 300 or more are serving a life sentence or more. some are speaking out about the deal. that many israelis do support it. and there's expected to be much celebration on both sides today. >> what a day there. alex marquardt. thank you so much. from the west bank. president obama wakes up in
greensboro, north carolina this morning, on the second part of his bus tour. during a campaign-style stop yesterday, the president said that if republicans will not pass the jobs bill, they should, instead, break it up, and take an idea, one vote at a time. and the president's handling of the economy is likely to be a big topic tonight as the republican presidential candidate debate in las vegas. the latest poll finds that mitt romney and herman cain are at a virtual tie now. jon karl shows us why voters seem to be connecting with cain. >> reporter: the cain surge continues. over the weekend, republican crowds were loving it. >> stupid people are running america. >> reporter: the secret of cain's appeal, is the simplicity of his solutions. he's a hard-liner who makes you laugh. >> i will bring a sense of humor to the white house because america's too up tight. >> reporter: it was the approach he used as as successful run as
ceo of godfather's pizza. he shut down underperforming stores. but also, serenaded pizza lovers. ♪ imagine there's no pizza >> reporter: cain's greatest asset is his personal story. he grew up dirt-poor in atlanta. his mother a maid. his father a barber, chauffeur and john tore. self-reliance is cain's creed. many years ago, he was refused a hair cut in a whites only barbershop. since, he has cut his own hair. five years ago, he had stage 4 colon cancer and was given 30% of survivor. he's been cancer-free since 2007. a miracle, he says. cain's aides tell me he's going to make a direct appeal to african-american voters. jonathan karl, abc news,
washington. >> didn't know mr. cain had such a good voice. >> would like to see more of that in the debate tonight. now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. a stormy day in the southeast, with drenching rain and flooding from miami and tampa. showers and thunderstorms around chicago, detroit and cincinnati. severe storms from nashville to jackson, mississippi and new orleans. much cooler than normal in the upper midwest. >> just 47 in the twin cities and fargo. 50s from indianapolis. 7 in atlanta. 64 in seattle. 60 in salt lake city. and 94 in phoenix. parents listen up. coming up, "sesame street" replaced with porn. the hack attack on elmo's youtube channel. and blackberry's huge giveaway. but will the free stuff keep customers happy? and imagine getting this close to an animal bigger than the biggest dinosaur.
research in motion is now apologizing to its blackberry customers following last week's major outage around the world. the company is offering $100 worth of new apps for free. the downloads will be available starting tomorrow in blackberry's app world. but it may not e enough to prevent customers from defecting to other devices. there's a troubling report on consumer debt this morning. five of the nation's top six credit card issuers say late
payments rose in september. the increases were all under a percentage point. but it is the first time in almost three years that so many issuers have reported a rise. a new study says new york has far more superrich people than any other u.s. city. more than 7,700 of them. los angeles and san francisco are second and third, each with more than 4,000 people, with a net worth of, get this, $30 million.>> we're not on that li. overseas markets are down this morning on fears china's growth may be slowing. tokyo's nikkei average lost 138 points. hong kong's hang seng fell 692 points. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow dropped 247 points yesterday. the nasdaq index was off 53. today should be a sunnier day on "sesame street" than sunday was. normally, the youtube channel carries new and vintage clips of the popular program.
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christened it with champagne. if you're flying a regular airplane today, airport delays are possible in memphis, charlotte, atlanta, new orleans, miami, chicago and detroit. >> and road conditions today. flooding on parts of i-95, from raleigh, to miami. also, i-75, from tampa to naples. wet on i-40, from raleigh to memphis. also slick on i-80 and 90 from cleveland to chicago. and i-55, from st. louis to new orleans. the memorial is growing at the indianapolis motor speedway. fans and friends are causing to remember two-time indy 500 champion, dan wheldon. >> he was killed in the fiery crash on sunday. and that's raising lots of criticism now from inside the racing community. diana alvear reports. >> reporter: they were five of the hardest laps they'd ever driven. five laps in honor of their
friend and colleague, dan wheldon. >> multiple cars involved. >> reporter: in a few horrifying seconds, a chain reaction with devastating consequences at las vegas' indy 300. the british champion's car climbed on another veekd and went airborne. the 33-year-old was racing to win a $5 million purse that he planned to split with a spectator. >> i have pressure all the time. especially when you want to win as bad as i do. >> reporter: a two-time winner of the indy 500, he was no rookie. the racing experts can only speculate what went to terribly wrong. one theory, too many drivers on the track with too little experience. >> when two tires touch, what started with a very lazy spin turned into the most horrific accident i've seen in 40 years of racing. >> reporter: eventual champion, dar owe franchitti, criticized the venue. >> you can't get away from anybody.
>> reporter: the facility was inspected by indy car officials before the race. >> they gave the okay that the track was suitable for racing. >> reporter: however, for wheldon's family, there are no answers. just unimaginable loss. >> he touched so many in the world, a better place because of dan. >> reporter: before the race, he posted a blog about his tough practices and his concerns he wouldn't get the speed he needed to win the race. diana alvear, abc news, los angeles. the mother of missing kansas city infant, lisa irwin, is changing certain parts of her story. deborah bradley admits she saw her daughter hours earlier than she first told police. and she admits to drinking heavily. maybe even blacking out the night that lisa disappeared. her admission shows she has nothing to hide. today marks two weeks since that little girl's disappearance. a suburban detroit man is in trouble, after police say he used his 9-year-old daughter as his designated driver.
surveillance video shows the little girl getting behind the wheel while her dad pumps gas. the dad was telling the store clerk that his daughter was driving. no fines. that's the nfl's verdict for jim harbaugh of san francisco and jim schwartz of detroit. they told the league that they're postgame conduct will be toned down. as for "monday night football," the highlights from espn news. >> good morning. i'm dan bell with your espn news update. the new york jets, trying to break a three-game losing streak. they're at home, taking on the miami dolphins. there's brandon marshall. said earlier in the week he might be kicked out of this game. he has a big matchup against darrelle revis. matt more to marshall. those two chatting right there. later in the first, dolphins up 3-0. moore, looking for marshall. and he got revis.
he is mobile with the pick. and he takes it back 99 yards for the touchdown. the jets lead, 7-3. look at this. revis, very physical on the play. the announcers thought maybe a pass interference. no flag call. maybe if they check the media guy, they know who darrelle revis is. moore, looking for marshall in the end zone. the dolphins kick another field goal. fourth quarter, jets lead 17-6. sanchez, looking for santonio holmes. nice block by plaxico burress right there to free holmes. and he easily gets into the end zone. jets up 24-6. that was mark sanchez's only touchdown pass of the game. later in the fourth, moore hit hard on the play. another pick for revis.
rex ryan's jets break a three-game losing streak. they win 24-6. i'm don bell. that's your espn news update. happy jets fans for sure. one more highlight to show you this morning. >> it comes from josh thompson. that's his mother standing there with her back to him. a perfect place to be as her little boy soars over her for the slam dunk. >> mom was pretty brave to do that. that could have gone badly. well done to both of them. coming up next this morning "the pulse." the video you have to see. the monster dust tomorrow that gobbled up a town in texas. and proof that you can teach a horse new tricks. and proof that you can teach a horse new tricks. even basketball. with gins cereal.they do see the seam on the wheat grain? same as on the flake. because great grains steams and bakes the actual whole grain.
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of the watery kind. it comes from a kayaker in southern california, that captured up close and personal images of a blue whale. >> you get an idea from the view from above. his heart was pounding. but that doesn't mean he's encouraging others to try to get that close, as well. >> i will heed that advice. into to amos, the wonder horse. this pint-sized pony can play basketball, paint and play the xylophone. he also volunteers. >> his owner says amos loves all of his creative tricks. the nba's an lockout. for some of you, local news is coming up next. >> and for everyone else, a wild night on the dance floor.
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it is a beautiful day. >> finally this morning, abc's "dancing with the stars" is already at the halfway point of its season. and one contestant will be sadly escorted out of the ballroom tonight. >> who is on top? and who is in danger of going home after last night's '80s-themed dances? george pennacchio of our abc station was there. >> reporter: j.r. martinez and karina smirnoff had the crowd on their feet. >> we got one dance. >> reporter: tied for second with their best scores of the season, 25, rob kardashian and cheryl burke, along with david arquette and kym johnson. >> she gives me confidence every day in rehearsals. i can't believe i'm still here, in second place, after week five. i didn't think that coming into the competition. >> i get so excited and in the moment, that i kind of -- i can't even hear the music so
much. it's so wild. >> reporter: with triple 8s, maxim was up with ricki lake and derek hough. >> i don't know what the judges say. but i listen to this guy. >> we're all rooted for each other. i'm happy to pass over the leaderboard to j.r. and karina. they deserve it. >> for one week? >> yeah, for one week. >> reporter: in sixth place, nancy grace, who victoriously got her first 8. >> we have so much fun. we have so much fun learning it and getting the '80s week together. tristan was at that time. >> reporter: triple 7s. >> the audience was all pumped up. and i was pumped up. that's what you've got to do it for. >> reporter: for the second week in a row, carson kressley landed in last place. >> we did not deserve two 6s. when you're doing ambitious choreography and